Introduction to GoodTask 3
Apple’s Reminders app is great in many ways but it has it’s own limits. GoodTask has expanded the ability of Reminders in many ways to make it more powerful and useful. Lots of users loved the concept and used it well ever since it debuted. With all the things that I’ve learned while upgrading and managing GoodTask, I’ve decided to write GoodTask 3 from scratch to make it even better.
I’ll skip what GoodTask can do since it has been available on App Store for long time and will dive right into the things that have changed on GoodTask 3. These are only the big ones.
- List, Day, Week, Month view on each lists
- More flexible and powerful Smart Lists
- Long tap to move lists and tasks
- Unlimited Quick Actions & Bulk actions
- Supporting landscape mode on all devices & Multi-tasking on iPads including iPad Pro Support
- Apple Watch with complications support
- Subtasks, Repeat after Completion & Manual sort (GoodTask 3 only)
List, Day, Week, Month view on each lists
Now you start with a list and in that list, you have list, day, week and month views. Swiping left/right on list view will let you navigate through lists. Swiping on day, week, and month views will let you navigate between dates.
More flexible and powerful Smart Lists
Each Reminders list is shown as single list but you can also add custom lists. You can choose the type for each list and filter out certain terms. You can only show tasks that include or exclude particular texts (tags) and can also choose what Reminders List or Event Calendars should be shown. With Smart Lists, you’ll be able to boost your productivity and with multiple/customized lists, you’ll be able to manage your project as you want to get it done successfully.
Long tap to move lists and tasks
Lots of feedback asked for moving tasks. On GoodTask 3, you’ll be able to move things up and down on most of the places. Long tap an item and it’ll be moved. For tasks, properties such as due dates, priorities and lists will dynamically change according to the place you drop the task. If it has same properties, it’ll save some text snippets on notes field to save the status (check GoodTask 3 only things below).
Unlimited Quick Actions & Bulk actions
Quick Actions page is now inside detail page of a task. Swipe and on left side, Quick Actions are shown. You can now add unlimited Quick Actions.
Bulk actions are added to let you manage multiple tasks at once. Quick Actions can also be used with bulk actions to let you easily get manage your tasks.
Supporting landscape mode on all devices & Multi-tasking on iPads including iPad Pro Support
GoodTask 3 supports all directions on all devices. You can use landscape mode on all the iPhones including iPhone 6+/6s+ which will show you iPad-like view. For all the iPads, multi-tasking with split screen view is also supported so now you can use other apps with GoodTask at once. iPad Pro is supported too with it’s full resolution. Bluetooth keyboard shortcuts are also added so try it out.
Apple Watch with complications support
Big change on Apple Watch version is complications support. Upcoming tasks or calendar events will be shown right on your wrist. You can select certain Smart List for Apple Watch and all the tasks/events on that list will be shown. Number is counted as things left for that day including overdue tasks and upcoming calendar events. (This can be different with App Icon Badge count number)
Subtasks, Repeat after Completion & Manual sort (GoodTask 3 only)
To expand the ability of GoodTask, I chose to add a text snippet that can be shown on notes field in Reminders app. This will not be shown on GoodTask 3. Currently 3 powerful things are added using this snippets.
One is subtasks that can be added to each tasks. You can break down tasks and write them under each task. Also ‘Repeat after completion’ can be selected in repeat property for each task. If you choose this, next task that’s made after it’s completed will be based on completion date (default behavior makes next task based on due date). This used to be ‘After’ in Quick Actions before GoodTask 3 but now you can just complete them and it’ll be done.
Moving around tasks dynamically changes properties (as described above) but if it has same properties, it’ll save it’s order.
These 3 features will not show and work with Reminders app and to use them, you’ll need to use GoodTask 3.
There is a behavioral change on completing a task too. After completing a task, it’ll stay there for 3 seconds in case you might want to revert it. There are lots of other changes too but I’ll leave it to you to check it out.